Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round Umrah pilgrimage from October 4, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, seven months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the first phase, “6,000 citizens and residents of the kingdom will be allowed to perform the Umrah per day from October 4th,” said a statement by the official press agency.

Visitors from outside the kingdom will be admitted from November 1, when Umrah’s capacity increases to 20,000 pilgrims per day, the ministry said.

Umrah, which refers to the Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah that can be done at any time of the year, attracts millions of Muslims from all over the world every year.

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